Herd of Elephants walking across savannah at Amboseli

Safaris to Amboseli

About Amboseli

The Amboseli National Reserve is one of Kenya's premier destinations due largely to its location at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro, close to the Tanzanian border. Large herds of elephants roam the grasslands and swamps against this striking backdrop, forming one of Africa's most iconic images. Meaning a 'place of water' in Masai, Amboseli has an endless water supply filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro's snow melt, which form into two water springs in the reserve. However, if the rainy season is particularly dry, Amboseli changes into a dusty plain. Amboseli's dust is ancient volcanic ash with salt crystals that shimmer on the surface of the parched lake bed during the dry season creating strange mirages.

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Amboseli Tours

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Amboseli Hotels

If you are planning a Amboseli holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Amboseli Serena Lodge Amboseli

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Enjoying a privileged position in the heart of the Amboseli National Park with Mt. Kilimanjaro as its backdrop, the Amboseli Serena Lodge is a luxury accommodation option that reflects the Masai tradition with brilliant primary colours and iconic representational shapes. The rooms are housed in a single storey building with direct access to the grounds and decorated with hand-painted wall frescoes. The property features a free-form swimming pool, a central dining area and a lounge/bar with a broad terrace and open fire pit. Set within a grove of acacia trees, the lodge looks out over the savannah with uninterrupted views of Kilimanjaro in the heart of Amboseli.

Amboseli Sopa Lodge Amboseli

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Located at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli Sopa Lodge, has the rustic charm you would expect from an African lodge. Guest rooms are spacious and beautifully designed with earthen tones in a classic African theme. The lodge also boasts a refreshing outdoor pool and cosy living spaces. The onsite Hemingway's Bar is a must to pay a visit to. Offering 360 degree views of the park - it is the perfect place for an evening sundowner and to reminisce over the days activities. The lodge is well located near Amboseli National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro.

Kilima Safari Camp Amboseli

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Set on a 420 acre site with spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Kilima Safari Camp provides excellent game viewing opportunities from the guest tents that face out onto watering pools. There's a choice of classic safari tents with a large private balcony, superior safari tents with four poster beds and a lion claw bathtub, or lodge rooms. In the spacious main building guests will find a choice of two restaurants with a warming fire place and a bar lounge with superb views over the Mara plains. Kilima safari camp is located in Amboseli National Park, next to the Kimana Gate Park entrance.

Ol Tukai Lodge Amboseli

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Built looking out at Mount Kilimanjaro, Ol Tukai Lodge offers chalet style accommodation in a beautiful setting. Guest rooms are built from gum trees, slate and stone from the local river. Interior design is tasteful and classically African with dark wooden masks and safari paintings. From the lodge you can fully explore Amboseli on morning and afternoon game drives or you can just relax by the swimming pool. In the evenings, guests can star gaze and see some of the southern hemisphere's brightest stars. Ol Tukai is ideally located in the heart of Amboseli National Park, close to the border with Tanzania.

Satao Elerai Amboseli

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Deluxe Lodge

Overlooked by magnificent Kilimanjaro, Satao Elerai is a beautiful camp with 12 luxury en suite mountain facing tents and 5 large luxurious lodge style suites. All are en suite with hot running water from eco friendly solar units. As the lodge is in its own private concession guests can take advantage of night game drives and tasty sundowners whilst listneing to the animals at night. The camp is in an unspoilt setting on a 5000 acre private conservation area near Amboseli National Park at the foot of the dramatic Mount Kilimanjaro.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Amboseli Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Amboseli.

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